Tuesday, 8 June 2021

ConTEL 2021: Scientific Conference on All Things Telecom in Zagreb

June 8, 2021 - From June 30 to July 2, the exciting field of information and communication technology will be at ConTEL 2021 conference in Zagreb.

With information and communication technology steadily growing, new challenges, questions and issues are opening up – both for the industry and academic community. Both industry and academia will get the chance to address the latest issues and questions at the 16th edition of the international telecommunication conference ConTEL 2021, which will take place from June 30 to July 2 in Zagreb.

As the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) at the University of Zagreb reported on its website, the goal of the conference is to encompass current and upcoming network technologies that allow omnipresent internet and communications as key starters of the connected information society.

„With new services and access networks grows the need to enhance network infrastructure - not just in terms of quality and performances, but also in terms of scalability (upgrading), mobility, energetic sufficiency, and technology integration. The Conference program will introduce the newest achievements in selected fields, through regular and specific thematic meetings and workshops“, states FER.

To ensure the quality of the conference, researchers, and scientists in this respective field, researchers and scientists were invited to submit their papers of work by March 21. The paper went under two double anonymous reviews to ensure an unbiased assessment of its importance and contribution to the conference. The selected papers will be readable on the IEEE Xplore website, and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is one of the key sponsors of the conference.

„IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its more than 396,000 members in over 160 countries and its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted 'voice' for engineering, computing, and technology information around the globe“, says IEEE, „the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity“ on its website.

„The format of the event will take into account the COVID-19 situation and travel restrictions. Our wish and goal is to have a live or hybrid event, with virtual participation as necessary. Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you in Zagreb!“, states the ConTel official website.

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Thursday, 27 May 2021

Public Auction for 5G Frequencies Starts, HRK 300m in Revenue Expected

ZAGREB, 27 May 2021 - The Croatian Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has launched a public auction for 5G frequencies, applications can be submitted from today until 11 June, it is expected that licenses will be allocated by the end of August, and revenue is expected to be at least HRK 300 million.

The HAKOM Council decided this at its meeting on Thursday, and Chairman Tonko Obuljen told Hina that they expected great interest from operators for this public auction.

"We believe that the positive effects of 5G technology on economic growth will be shown very soon," he said.

The three biggest operators in Croatia -- Hrvatski Telekom (HT), A1 Hrvatska, and Telemach Hrvatska -- have already announced interest, as have some others.

Licenses that will be issued to operators will be for a period of 15 years, except in the case of Međimurje and Varaždin counties, where there are already licenses issued for different 5G technologies valid until 2023, so new licenses there will be issued for a period of 13 years.

When a license expires, it will be possible to extend it for a maximum of five years, which has also been regulated at the EU level, HAKOM said.

Frequency bands will be allocated at the national level but also partly at a regional level in order to create business opportunities for smaller, regional operators and to encourage diversity of services, and provide end-users with a choice.

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Thursday, 6 May 2021

Xiaomi Ranks First in Croatia in Terms of Smartphone Delivery

ZAGREB, 6 May 2021 - The Chinese manufacturer of mobile phones and other devices Xiaomi ranked first in Croatia in Q1 2021 in terms of smartphone delivery, holding 40% market share and achieving an annual growth of 65%, the Xiaomi International office for Croatia and Slovenia said on Thursday.

Noting that this was Xiaomi's historic result in Croatia, the company's manager for Croatia and Slovenia, Mirela Polić, added that the results were based on newly published data from several global research and data analytics companies for the global smartphone market (Canalys, IDC and Strategy Analytics).

According to these data, Xiaomi held third place globally in terms of smartphones delivered in Q1 2021, and for the first time it ranked second in terms of smartphone delivery in Europe, it was said.

In Croatia, the data show, Xiaomi is followed in terms of smartphone delivery by Samsung in the second place with a 36% market share and a 25% increase in delivery, by Apple in the third place with a 6% market share and a 17% increase, while HMD Global ranks fourth with a 4% market share and an increase in delivery of as much as 210%.

In Europe, Samsung ranked first in terms of smartphone delivery in Q1 20201, followed by Xiaomi, Apple, Oppo and Huawei, all of which saw a large increase in delivery year-on-year.

The Canalys company said that in Q1 201 Xiaomi had seen the biggest growth in delivery, of 62%, with 49 million devices.

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Monday, 22 May 2017

New EU Roaming Regulations Will Not Lead to an Increase in Service Prices

New EU roaming regulations were announced earlier this month